Thunderclap Newman — Something In The Air
Album: Hollywood Dream
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Released: 1970
Length: 3:51
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Call out the instigators
Because there's something in the air
We got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution's here

And you know it's right
And you know that it's right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

Lock up the streets and houses
Because there's something in the air
We got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution's here

And you know it's right
And you know that it's right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

Hand out the arms and ammo
We're gonna blast our way through here
We got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution's here

And you know it's right
And you know that it's right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now
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takes me back to high school in California my new home
this is marvelous...
{#Daisy}
{#Bounce}from the sound track magic Christian with peter sellers great tune ! t petty does a great cover / main guy was speedy keen which did some really good solo stuff produced by pete townsend / great listening if u can still find it
John Berzins - this is your song! Happy memories of working on the cameras at Belmont and Ascot Race Courses in the 1980s as you sang this song from the AV Van into everyone's headsets.
One of the few songs I can listen to and never tire of it.
Reminds me of the Beatles and Badfinger
 hempmandan wrote:
Wow forgot how much I love this one. How much my Mom loved it too!
 
 
{#Roflol}  How funny -  my dear old Dad who at 50+ had discovered pop music with the Beatles loved this track too! {#Smile}
I still prefer the "Single" version of this song.
Great memories of the summer of '70.
Come on people: "We have got to get it together"... Peace
 wrangler wrote:
2 days in a row?!  well ok {#Cowboy}

 
I don't mind this 2 days in a row
Proudly produced by Pete Townshend. Who would have guessed?
2 days in a row?!  well ok {#Cowboy}
 BobbyCat wrote:
Still like this song after so many years, can't say why, but it sounds nice :)

And I don't understand what all these photos of Raquel Welsh are doing here ??!

 
This song was featured prominently in the 1969 film "The Magic Christian", in which there was a memorable scene featuring Raquel Welch.  The images are stills from the film.
I bought the original LP at age 15 for Something in The Air...  then spent more time listening to Accidents and Open The Door Homer than anything else.  Unique and brilliant stuff. Very idiosyncratic - it's a shame they didn't seem to have  much after this LP (or anything?)
Always a smile for this one!    {#Smile}
 marklaw wrote:
What a week we've had!  There is something in the air - change, hope, equality.

 
I hate to be cynical — such brilliant tunes as this were crafted to dispel cynicism even as they reminded us of its prevalence — but if the powers that be continue to have their demented ways, the ideals of change, hope and equality will remain in the air. The revolution is here! Where? 
Bernie Sanders better hire some food tasters.
 
9->10
What a week we've had!  There is something in the air - change, hope, equality.
I always wondered what was so special with this song, but after all these years, it's still weird and very pleasant to my ears.
Wow forgot how much I love this one. How much my Mom loved it too!
 

Back in the day when I was attending college this song really brought hope that maybe we would get together and make a better world. 

Even though this may seem a bit naïve in today's world I am so glad we at least had the dreams and the music to sing and dance to ... so sorry for today's youth they cannot afford to realistically entertain those ideas.     


Life is a game, you fly your paper plane, there is no end. Life is a game, you fly....

Ringo is playing in B.C. tonight, but I doubt he's playing with Raquel Welch.


Raquel Welch and Ringo Starr


 gjeeg wrote:
For your information, I was there.... and NO, there was NO bad music in 1970. That was the miracle.
Everything that came our way was transporting, fresh, alarming, revolutionary. A tsunami of world changing, consciousness changing sound.

Or maybe it's just my sweet embroidered memory.



 
I agree.  So does my son, born in 1987.  AND I have this record!   They had another hit, "Accidents."


Still like this song after so many years, can't say why, but it sounds nice :)

And I don't understand what all these photos of Raquel Welsh are doing here ??!
 gjeeg wrote:
For your information, I was there.... and NO, there was NO bad music in 1970. That was the miracle.
Everything that came our way was transporting, fresh, alarming, revolutionary. A tsunami of world changing, consciousness changing sound.

Or maybe it's just my sweet embroidered memory.



 
Annnd...just what were you embroidering your memory with, gjeeg? 

Oh, it's kicks and giggles when you start:

teen using video game controller as bong


But one night you'll wind up sniffing glue in an air traffic control tower, blubbering about The Bay City Rollers and Bread...

Still from movie  


Proclivities, thanks again for that movie still. Did not realize that was Raquel Welch (as "Priestess of the Whip"  {#Roflol} )
until Misterfixit mentioned it. 

Raquel Welch and Ringo Starr



52 f'ing years later still lovely
I'm going to start introducing myself to people as "Thunderclap". 

Also, Tom Petty does a really nice cover of this tune. He omits the "guns and ammo" line, tho.  
 Proclivities wrote:

John 'Speedy' Keen wrote and sang the tune - Townshend produced it.  It was in a few films - most notably The Magic Christian - which the publicity still below is from:
Raquel

Any excuse to post that image...

 
Cool movie! Thank you for posting this beauty!
 gjeeg wrote:
For your information, I was there.... and NO, there was NO bad music in 1970. That was the miracle.
Everything that came our way was transporting, fresh, alarming, revolutionary. A tsunami of world changing, consciousness changing sound.

Or maybe it's just my sweet embroidered memory.



 
yeah...you're right. Music in the 70's was amazingly eclectic and weird. 
Ahhhh dreams of revolution....
Wow! This is part of the soundtrack for "The Strawberry Statement"--so tells me my older brother ... {#Sunny}
 Guitar player:  Jimmy McCulloch, who went on to join Paul McCartney and Wings.  


kcar wrote:

Always thought it was just a guy...but it was one-hit band put together by Pete Townsend for three musicians, including his chauffeur who wrote "Something in the Air" and the Who's "Arminia City in the Sky." Townsend plays bass on this song as "Bijou Drains." The piano player is Andy "Thunderclap" Newman, so I guess that's why I was confused. 

The guitarist on this track was 15. Can you imagine being 15 and playing with a Rock God? 

"Also I am curious to know if there was any BAD music made in in 1970."

 Why wouldn't there be?  

 


 gjeeg wrote:
For your information, I was there.... and NO, there was NO bad music in 1970. That was the miracle.
Everything that came our way was transporting, fresh, alarming, revolutionary. A tsunami of world changing, consciousness changing sound.

Or maybe it's just my sweet embroidered memory.
 {#Crown}
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Cool to learn about this band.

The beginning of the verse is super-similar to Ride Captain Ride, no? (Which, interestingly, was also released in 1970. The same muse must have visited both Blues Image and Thunderclap Newman... Muses are so flighty.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DH3Tj8dsRdxk&sa=U&ei=SoXUUY-vFamqiQL_vIDoDQ&ved=0CB0QtwIwAQ&sig2=FR4SAVANgOgWjFG02f4WTQ&usg=AFQjCNER_uo3WRza2jZmwRf10bQ62ux-Dg
 Boy_Wonder wrote:
Anyone ever heard anything else by them?







Nope.... thought not! 

 

Didn't seem to bother Pete Townshend or Kit Lambert........
Ahhh! Takes me back!
Anyone ever heard anything else by them?







Nope.... thought not! 
Wow - haven't heard this in years.  I love this tune, and I wouldn't have been able to remember the band name if my life depended on it.  But it's one of those tunes where I would be duped into thinking I MUST know the name of this band.....but really have ZERO recollection! 
OMG, I'm having a existential flashback. And we knew that it was right!!!
For your information, I was there.... and NO, there was NO bad music in 1970. That was the miracle.
Everything that came our way was transporting, fresh, alarming, revolutionary. A tsunami of world changing, consciousness changing sound.

Or maybe it's just my sweet embroidered memory.


Still gaining fans 40+ years on.  Makes me smile.  The Pete connection doesn't hurt.
 Stranglersfan wrote:
I hate to sound ignorant, but i have never heard of this band, they sound great!
Also I am curious to know if there was any BAD music made in in 1970.
I love 1970 for music from all over the world, England, Jamaica, USA, etc

 
Always thought it was just a guy...but it was one-hit band put together by Pete Townsend for three musicians, including his chauffeur who wrote "Something in the Air" and the Who's "Arminia City in the Sky." Townsend plays bass on this song as "Bijou Drains." The piano player is Andy "Thunderclap" Newman, so I guess that's why I was confused. 

The guitarist on this track was 15. Can you imagine being 15 and playing with a Rock God? 

"Also I am curious to know if there was any BAD music made in in 1970."

 Why wouldn't there be?  
I hate to sound ignorant, but i have never heard of this band, they sound great!
Also I am curious to know if there was any BAD music made in in 1970.
I love 1970 for music from all over the world, England, Jamaica, USA, etc
 kestrel wrote:
gooose bumps man...far out...I was there...it was a happening.{#Motor}  Hope you youngsters have a song like this to give you goosebumps when you are 59.

 

Even when you are 66 {#Motor}!   This will always remind me of my Father.  He actually "got it" when he heard this tune at 75!{#Bounce} Classic.
love this tune !  love tom petty's cover too ...
The ultimate hippy song,love it.
For years I could have sworn I didn't hear the electric guitar added over the end of this song. I finally got the remastered CD of this album, and it has the "single version" on it... without the added guitar. Mystery solved.
I like the single version better.